Calendar Recommendations for 2014-2015

The 2014-15 school year calendar, along with the appropriate public hearings, will be approval items on the February 24 Board of Education agenda. The district MUST approve the calendar prior to March 1 in order to be granted an early start waiver. That timeframe is new this year due to changes in legislation and the rules-making process at the state level.

A 2014-15 school year calendar recommendation was presented at the February 10 Waukee Board of Education meeting. The recommendation was prepared by the Teacher Advisory Committee. Committee chair Susan Sandholm-Peterson walked board members through the recommendation and answered questions.

Waukee Education Association (WEA) Calendar Recommendations for 2014-15 School Year:

To view the proposed calendar click here.

Based upon member survey data and discussion by building representatives of the WEA Calendar Committee, the Committee proposes the following recommendations for the 2014-2015 school year calendar:

Calendar

Component

Proposed Date(s)

Rationale

School Start Wednesday, August 13, 2014 A Wednesday school start has been a favored option for a number of years. In order to allow secondary levels to end the first semester prior to Winter Break, benefiting optimal student performance on final exams and better aligning high school classes offered for DMACC credit, we recommend a start date of Wednesday, August 13.

Winter Break Dec. 22 to January 2 Classes resume Mon, Jan 5, 2015 Students would be on break from Dec.22, 2014 through Jan 2, 2015. Classes would resume with the second semester starting on Mon Jan 5, 2015.

Spring Break March 16-20, 2015 Area superintendents have set March 16-20, 2015 as Spring Break week.

Fall Conferences Oct 14 & 16 PV The middle schools will schedule conferences on two evenings for the Fall and Spring semesters. Because of high student enrollment in core teams, they will continue to hold conferences throughout one day of each conference week. Students at the middle schools will not be in attendance on that day, but students in all other district buildings will be in attendance. Prairieview will hold two conference evenings during the Fall and Spring semesters. Waukee High School will continue to schedule one conference evening per quarter. During their conference weeks in November and in March, elementary teachers will schedule individual conferences to fit parent schedules, but will have one common evening time and common time on an early dismissal day.
Nov 3 & 6 WMS/SMS
Nov 7 All Day WMS/SMS
Elem Conferences (tentative): Week of Nov 15-Nov 21 Common times: Wed Nov 19: 2 to 4 Thur Nov 20: 4 to 6
HS conferences are scheduled one evening per quarter

Spring Conferences Feb 17 and 19 PV A format similar to that in the fall would occur with spring conferences.
Feb 16 &19 WMS/SMS
Feb 20 All Day at WMS/SMS only
Elem Conferences (tentative): Wed Mar 5-Wed Mar 11 Common times: Tues Mar 10 4-6 pm Wed Mar 11 2-4 pm

Teacher Work Days Work Days for all staff: August 8, 11, 12; Oct 17; March 13; May 26. Flex Work Days: HS Jan. 2. All Elem and PVS Feb. 20. WMS and SMS Feb. 2.3 The Committee has gathered data from teachers and administrators at every building and has attempted to customize Work Days to best meet the needs of teachers at various grade levels and buildings so they can best facilitate student learning and prepare for instruction or for conferences. The Committee proposes some fixed Work Days and one flex Work Day. All staff would have 3 Work Days prior to the start of school, on Friday, October 17, Friday March 14, and on the day following the last day of school. However, staff members at various buildings have selected a building-specific Work Day in the second semester. No students would attend school on those Flex Work Days. HS teachers have chosen a Work Day on Friday, Jan. 3. Teachers at PVS and Elementary buildings have chosen a Work Day on Friday, Feb. 20. WMS and SMS will hold their Work Day on Monday, Feb. 23.

Teacher Quality Professional Day Thurs, Aug 7 The Committee recommends placement of the Professional Development Day using Teacher Quality funds on Thurs, Aug. 7. This date was selected with input from the Teacher Quality Fund Committee and teacher surveys.

We are hopeful that this calendar meets student learning needs at every level of instruction, allows for individual building preferences and needs, and that it fairly implements the requests, suggestions, and preferences of teachers, administrators, and parents in the community.

As this committee examined survey data, considered student learning needs, teacher planning needs, and calendar options, we attempted to provide a school year calendar which will enhance the learning opportunities of our students, reflect current research on optimal learning and 21st century educational goals, as well as take community and family needs into consideration.

Committee Members

  • Susan Sandholm-Petersen, Chairperson
  • Karla St. John, Chairperson
  • Andy Pals
  • Amber Allen
  • Megan Ferchen
  • JoAnna Huisman
  • Dr. Dave Wilkerson
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